If you are planning to attend Friday and Saturday Garth Brooks concerts at First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo, you had better give yourself some extra time to get there and can expect delays when leaving after the shows.
Between the double shows on both nights, police anticipate foot and motor vehicle traffic will be extremely heavy, so to ensure the safety of pedestrians, traffic officers will be stationed at the intersections in the vicinity of the arena, periodically halting vehicular traffic to allow pedestrians to cross streets.
Fans coming from the Northtowns and North Buffalo are encouraged to ride Metro Rail once they enter the city. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority says trains will run for extended periods both inbound and outbound to accommodate the large numbers of concert goers.
“Parking is expected to be extremely tight,” Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said. “That’s why we are encouraging use of Metro Rail, if you are coming from in the Northtowns to the concert.”
With that in mind, those who plan to drive to the center, the commissioner said, should use the routes they normally take, but when leaving the concerts, motorists parked in facilities by the center will be directed onto South Park Avenue, where they can make their way to entrances onto the Niagara Thruway.
“As always, we are urging motorists to park in secure, lighted areas and not to leave items visible in your vehicle,” Derenda said.